Synchronica syncs Apple iPhone to Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Sun JES

Synchronica today announced that Mobile Gateway 3.0 supports over-the-air synchronization between Microsoft Exchange and the newly launched Apple iPhone. This will allow mobile operators and service providers to offer mobile synchronization to business users and prosumers, enabling them to receive corporate email on their iPhones without having to ask their IT manager to open the firewall or install additional software.

Mobile Gateway seamlessly integrates with the corporate IT infrastructure and does not require the enterprise to expose IMAP and SMTP in their Exchange servers or install additional connectors – issues that often raise security concerns with IT administrators.

Instead, Mobile Gateway uses Microsoft’s secure Outlook Web Access (OWA) to retrieve email from the corporate Exchange server, a service enabled by many enterprises to provide users with access to corporate email from home or while traveling. Mobile Gateway 3.0 delivers emails directly to the built-in email client of the Apple iPhone. Users will be able to benefit from the outstanding user experience of the built-in email client of the iPhone and its tight integration with the phone’s address book.

Synchronica in a statement said the company believes that Apple’s iPhone will add momentum to the prosumer and consumer mobile email phenomenon, which industry analyst Visiongain predicts will grow exponentially to reach 36 million consumer mobile email accounts by 2008, with this figure predicted to rise to 184 million by 2012.

Commenting on the decision to support Microsoft Exchange synchronization with the Apple iPhone, Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica said in the press release, “The iPhone is a very attractive smartphone, appealing to both the consumer and prosumer market. However, IT Managers are not going to permit their executives to synchronize a device that requires them to punch holes in the corporate firewall. Mobile Gateway already supports synchronization with Microsoft Exchange, but does not require firewall modification or any software to be installed in the corporate network, so this won’t be an issue. From a carrier’s perspective, we are significantly expanding the reach of the iPhone into the business user and prosumer segments.”

Synchronica was one of the first synchronization software vendors to combine both SyncML (OMA DS), which is optimized for synchronization of calendar and contacts, and Push IMAP (LEMONADE), which is optimized for mobile email. Millions of mobile phones support email over IMAP, but IMAP does not support calendar or contact synchronization. Thus, combining Push IMAP for mobile email with SyncML (OMA DS) for synchronization of calendar and contacts allows Synchronica to support the widest range of devices and the most popular content types.

Synchronica’s Mobile Gateway provides carrier-grade push email and synchronization services for both consumers and business users. For consumers, it includes back-end support for POP3 and IMAP, connecting to popular mail services such as AOL or Yahoo. For business users, it provides a unique zero footprint architecture where users simply register their devices with Mobile Gateway and instantly start to receive push email on their devices – no connectors behind the firewall are required. Mobile Gateway includes built-in support for Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, and Sun JES, thereby reaching the majority of business user mail systems.

More information is available at http://www.synchronica.com/

28 Comments

  1. Cool, but the problem is it still doesnt nativly work with Microsoft Active Sync. My company isnt going to “change” anything to support the iphone, its going to have to work with the way things are now. And that means Apple needs to license the use of Active Sync from Microsoft, which really is a no brainer, Microsoft would stand to gain much over Blackberry as would apple.

  2. Well, at $1625, it is definitely a corporate offering. Why not offer an end-user pricing? I “rent” my exchange services, so I would have been interested in buying it for personal use. Oh well.

  3. I love it when people bust out asinine statements like, “My company will never change to do such and such.” How can you be so dumb? Any company will change once there is a critical mass of users demanding it, or as @ eMax said, the top dawg forces change down. It’s the way that companies work — either they’re proactive and they change in advance to handle something new (or at the same time as the new thing), or they’re reactive and bow to user demand.

    How many times did you hear, “Blackberries are just a toy.” “My company will never change to accomodate those things.” “I don’t see the business case for them.” Blah, blah, blah.

    How can you act as though we haven’t been here before? Hello?

  4. If your “company isnt going to “change” anything to support the iphone” then you’re IT is not working for you, but you are at he mercy of your IT guys.

    That’s what’s wrong in the business world, when support services suddenly dictate what is possible and what isn’t. That seriously hampers innovation.

  5. “However, IT Managers are not going to permit their executives to synchronize a device that requires them to punch holes in the corporate firewall.”

    So you don’t need to open ports if you’re using Exchange? It works by magic not over ports.

    What a steaming heap of FUD. There are some advantages to Exchange, although it’s not necessarily better than other solutions (and worse than some), but it’s not some kind of powerful white magic. It’s a fucking mail server.

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